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The Sequester by Keithwormwood The Sequester by Keithwormwood
A group of desperate bandits wring what little worth they can from the surivivors that spot the dust-blasted wastes along the Urals. They descend from higher ground, beating scavenged drums and taking cover in the shadow of their bullet-spewing saintly idol: the Sequester. Completely silent but cooperative in the raids, the Sequester only takes regular infusions of water and canned food in exchange for its presence; something that has effectively turned the bandit group into a incontrovertable force of nature that strips everything to the bone and leaves only human misery in its path. It is devoutly worshipped by most of the bandits as some sort of nomadic holy site; a walking bulletproof Tabernacle. Some, under the influence of drink have discussed amongst themselves their theories on its nature as a military robot in service before the missiles fell, now aimlessly fighting according to some gameplan devised by its long gone original directors. Recently there had been a man who had joined the bandits briefly and was struck aghast when he first witnessed the Sequester. He spouted long and detailed stories about what the robot actually was, that the Sequester was a NATO QAPS unit, or Quadruple Amputee Power Suit, not a robot, and he desperately ran his hands over it looking for some access panel. He stammered that it appeared to be running autonomously, keeping its pilot cut off from the outside world, but still taking in food and water to keep him alive. His heretical calls for help in "cracking open the damned thing to save the poor bastard inside" were completely rejected, and the more pious bandits hastily had him broken on a wheel and left for dead.

Art prints available here: The Sequester prints
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:iconliamhamilton:
LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2018   Filmographer
This is just great. The design, the level of detail. The coloring, good stuff!
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DiamondNozzle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018
Keith, greetings from the Trans-Urals!!! I'm longtime idolater of your art!!!
P.S.: It's a pity that recently you do not upload your pictures whith short stories to the Internet.
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:icongaston3-italia:
Gaston3-italia Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! 👍
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:icontalonis-wolf:
Talonis-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Student General Artist
Talk about Nightmare Fuel... I couldn't imagine how the pilot would feel after being trapped inside for so long, assuming they're still alive.
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:iconzthedocmain:
ZTheDocMain Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome work and super cool story
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:iconkopofx:
kopofx Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Cool!
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:iconsmoking-thunder:
smoking-thunder Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017
Gun look like a cross of type 100 and an ak-47
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work!!!

B I G B O I 
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:iconmeazeal:
Meazeal Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2017
yes, he did!
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:iconmrethancox:
mrethancox Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
Did you illustrate the book "Leviathan"? 
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:icongeomax10:
Geomax10 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2017
I'm getting a major Twilight Zone vibe from the backstory.
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:iconkatehubar:
KateHubar Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So amazing
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:iconyinn-dren:
Yinn-Dren Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
wow i really like this !
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:icongrangousier:
GranGousier Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2017
Awesome !
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:iconnordburg:
Nordburg Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017
It resembles Paolo Parente's war machines in Dust..
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:icondrax242:
Drax242 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Great!
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:iconbersverk88:
BerSverk88 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconionoid:
ionoid Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016
My only criticism is the suit's feet are kinda small.
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:icontakencareof:
TakenCareOf Featured By Owner May 10, 2016
씨발련아 존나 잘그리네
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:iconliamhamilton:
LiamHamilton Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016   Filmographer
It's refreshing to see such a unique take on mechs. :)
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:iconviolencemaker:
Violencemaker Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2016
cool!
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:iconsydneysleeper:
SydneySleeper Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
"Quadruple Amputee Power Suit"?
XCOM's MEC troopers anyone?
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:icona-loft-on-cybertron:
a-loft-on-cybertron Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Very inspiring while I'm working on the Novembots (#novembots2015).
How many hours on this one ?
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:icontreeservicesc:
treeservicesc Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
Great pic
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:iconolegevteev:
OlegEvteev Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
cool!
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:iconovyntarus:
Ovyntarus Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015
Adorable, cute, i wanna hug it!
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:iconvenusnoobtrap:
venusnoobtrap Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016   General Artist
Not after reading the story
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:iconthunderyeti:
ThunderYeti Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
between the tiny lines and tonal shift, really keen, extraordinary aesthetic treatment
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:icontheuniversalunion:
TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy. I get a strong US Army helmet vibe from the body.
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:iconbladedvaults:
bladedvaults Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I love this and the backstory. Chilling and amazing.
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:iconmadscientistcompany:
MadScientistCompany Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
simply. i just love he detail on the gun. But, nice work
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:icon8-bitty-yo:
8-bitty-yo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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:iconpulpooscuro:
PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Such a good combination of awesome and creepy. I love the detail on the stains and bullet holes... I guess at least someone tried fighting back for all the good it did. Incidentally, the way the stained exhaust vents and joint (?) on the suit's main dome go together give the impression of a weeping human face. Was this intentional, or am I just tired and creeped out?
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:iconkeithwormwood:
Keithwormwood Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Professional
We always tend to read faces into things instinctively. They're like ghosts.
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:iconpulpooscuro:
PulpoOscuro Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I suppose so... pareidolia is powerful, I guess. Either way, it's absolutely ridiculous how good this is. I always preferred writing to visual art, but this piece tells a story like nothing else I've seen before.
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:iconsuperfasthillbilly:
SuperfastHillbilly Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
SO cool! I like the weathered look and improvised additions. It has mysterious vibe to it, like what could be inside... Frightening but cool.
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Seems very interesting, love it^^
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:iconmangaassault:
MangaAssault Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool!
The human like hands is interesting.
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:iconforeverdisturbed:
foreverdisturbed Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Very cool artwork!!!
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow. Love your background behind the suit.
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:icontd-design:
TD-Design Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012
cool ! ^ ^ [link]
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:iconjerkpuncher:
JerkPuncher Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
wow
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:iconmechanut721:
mechanut721 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist
*gulp*
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:icongladilampor:
Gladilampor Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
crasy. i love it
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:iconazharak:
Azharak Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I love the bulky armoured skull-design, coupled with the rusty jester-like appendages. It has a nice "ungainly" form.
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:icontheelevateddeviant:
TheElevatedDeviant Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I need a suit like that.
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:iconlacabezadelcastor:
LaCabezaDelCastor Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Love the design!
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:iconexlibrisiesous:
ExLibrisIesous Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Favourited as much for the story but I love the artwork.
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:iconohiva1:
Ohiva1 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
and more WOW!!
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:iconlazytopaz:
lazytopaz Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I won't sleep bcs of magnitude of "wtf" and brain tumors this story has caused to my brain imagining stories related to such devices.....awesome stuff.
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